Monday, October 27, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, November 2, 2014
Psalm 23: 1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 (Read)
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
The Psalm's words are a source of peace
for us, a source of strength, a source of healing.
The Lord provides for us,
“There is nothing I shall want.”
The Lord restores us, for we tend to go astray
like sheep. We belong under the care of
the Good Shepherd, who is guardian of our souls.
Jesus assures us that we who enter the sheepfold
through Him will be saved and will find pasture.
Jesus promises to raise us up and to destroy death,
our biggest enemy. Our psalmist promises that
we are to be anointed by the Lord, “You anoint my
head with oil, my cup overflows.” We are made
ready to go forth on our journey of eternal life
with the Lord.
Like a Good Shepherd, Jesus says He should
not lose anything of what the Father has given Him,
but that He should raise it on the last day. (John 6: 39)
We lack nothing when we trust in the Lord.
We fear nothing. Having been rescued by our Savior,
and now counted among His obedient sheep,
we are groomed to enter the Kingdom
and dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm promises a heavenly banquet at a time when we
are faced with our greatest enemy, death. "You spread the table
before me in the sight of my foes." Speak of how you are
comforted by the Psalm's verses.
2. Our psalmist assures us that our Lord is the guardian of our
souls and that we shall have eternal life with Him. Explain how
confident you are that you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.